In October my wife Chrystall (@thegooddenlife) and I moved to Dorset after many years in London.
Now... before any of you other urban photographers based in London rejoice hastily... I'm not dead, I'm still very much active here in London.
This is such an exciting new chapter in our lives and one of our many upcoming projects is the Dorset shepherd's hut renovation we're about to begin.
If you know me enough, you'll know I have a passion for learning and trying new things, I get bored otherwise.
At the age of 14 I spent five years away from home to become a trained chef. At the age of 22 I taught myself to DJ and played in many underground techno parties, at 26 I did some stone sculpture, and at 30 I taught myself photography which led me to being commissioned by huge brands including Adidas, Peugeot and Match.com to name a few.
So this new project is just me learning some more, irrelevant as you may think it is, I believe all these various skills I accumulated make me who I am, and today I'm a happy man.
Shepherd's Huts (also knows as shepherd's wagon) were wooden huts on cast iron wheels usually fitted with a bed and wood-stove and with a corrugated iron roof. They were in use from the late 16th and into the early 20th century and looked a bit similar to gypsy caravans or the modern day caravan with of course fewer modern day comforts.
Estates across Britain would own them and they'd be used by shepherds to look after their flock not usually located near his home. Have any of you seen (or read) Thomas Hardy's "Far From The Madding Crowd"?
There's a fine example of one in the film used by the protagonist who is indeed a shepherd.
Today, there is a renewed interest in the Shepherd's Hut and people turn them into cute tiny bed and breakfasts, which some call glamping.
Since my family had one that was ageing and suffering a bit from the rain and British seasons, I decided to do something about it.
But how? I'm a photographer right? Actually I'm a lot more than that.
Well it all starts with the right tools so I approached Ryobi Powertools and pitched my idea.
It wasn't long before they decided to support me and before I knew it I had a delivery of pretty much all the tools needed to build a house... but a shepherd's hut renovation will do for now.
To go even deeper into this project, I'm making a video series of the progress of the project. I feel it'll be better suited to this project.
This means that not only will I learn a lot in terms of project management, but also learn a whole new set of skills in producing vlogs, from putting myself out there in front of the camera all the way to understanding my camera better, editing videos, etc...
You can even watch the first episode here:
So there you have it, the introduction to our new project and all to coincide with the upcoming launch of Greatthingstodo.co.uk, a website full of inspiration, food related articles and of course exciting travels around the world.